by Adeola Balogun
A man in Delta has been sentenced to die after he was found guilty of stealing mobile phones and recharge cards.
Moses Akatugba, a 24-year-old secondary school student was convicted by a High Court in the Effurun area of the state for the crimes of armed robbery and conspiracy.
Akatugba, along with an accomplice, now deceased, robbed one Akpor Mazino, a woman, with a toy gun at No. 30, NNPC Housing Complex Road, Ekpan in the Udu Local Government Area of the state.
The Sun reports:
The prosecution had also told the court that the convict and his late accomplice, at gun point robbed one Mrs. Akpor Mazino of N113,930.00, three GSM handsets, 54 various denomination of MTN vouchers, 28 Econet vouchers and 25 GLO vouchers valued over N100,000.
The prosecution averred that the offence was contrary to Section 6 (b) and punishable under Section 1(2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Volume 14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In a related development, a motorcycle operator (popularly called Okada), one Paul Nwanegbo is to spend the next 15 years in jail with hard labour for robbing his female passenger of her GSM handset with a toy gun, the state High Court, Asaba has ruled. The incident was said to have taken place along Direct Labour Agency, (DLA) Road in Asaba on October 5, 2011 before the ban on operation of Okada in Asaba metropolis.
The female passenger, Amaka Okafor told the court that “on realising that the gun was a toy, I resisted him but he overpowered me after biting me with his teeth and snatched my phone from me.”